When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
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When I Was Puerto Rican
By Esmeralda Santiago

When I Was Puerto Rican

A Memoir

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When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

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Esmeralda Santiago's story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical sounds and sights as well as poverty. Growing up, she learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. As she enters school we see the clash, both hilarious and fierce, of Puerto Rican and Yankee culture. When her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually take on a new identity. In this first volume of her much-praised, bestselling trilogy, Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrio to Brooklyn, from translating for her mother at the welfare office to high honors at Harvard.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306814525
ISBN-10: 0306814528
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago Conquistadora, Paperback / softback (July 2012)

Ana faces the dangers of the untamed countryside even as she relishes the challenge of running a sugar plantation in Puerto Rico. But when the Civil War breaks out in the United States, Ana finds her livelihood threatened by the hacienda's slaves, whose richly drawn stories unfold alongside her own.

Almost a Woman by Esmeralda Santiago Almost a Woman, Paperback (June 2012)

"A courageous memoir... One witnesses the blessings, contradictions, and restraints of Puerto Rican culture."--Washington Post Book World

Photographs of Jack Delano by Esmeralda Santiago Photographs of Jack Delano, Paperback (March 2010)

Providing a unique view of American life during the Great Depression and Second World War, this volume includes an introduction to the life of the photographer and over 50 evocative images selected from their work. It transports the viewer to American homes, farms and streets in the 1930s and 1940s.

When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago When I Was Puerto Rican, Hardback (February 2006)

Magic, sexual tension, high comedy, and intense drama move through an enchanted yet harsh autobiography, in the story of a young girl who leaves rural Puerto Rico for New York's tenements and a chance for success.

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Author Biography - Esmeralda Santiago

Esmeralda Santiago is the author of two highly acclaimed memoirs, The Turkish Lover and Almost a Woman, which was made into a film for PBS's Masterpiece Theatre. She has also written a novel, America's Dream, and has co-edited two anthologies of Latino literature. She lives in Westchester County, New York.

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